National Theatre of Scotland in association with the Royal Court Theatre, Teatro do Bairro Alto, Lisbon and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, UK and Portugal

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

by Tim Crouch

The writer leads his followers towards the end of this world and the start of a new one. The book he’s written predicts it all – the equations, the black hole, all the words we’ll speak till then.

On this last day, at this last hour, a defector finds her voice and returns.

Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation is a new play by Tim Crouch, presented through combined stage action and illustrated text. It tells the story of a man who manipulates a group of people to sit in a place together and believe in something that isn’t true. Audience and actors turn the book’s pages together, study the images, and sometimes share the words.

Actor, director, writer and experimental theatre-maker Tim Crouch pushes at the boundaries of metatheatre, constructing dazzling, complex, profoundly moving plays that strip the theatrical event down to its purest form – an encounter between actor and audience. Among his internationally acclaimed works are ENGLAND, The Author and what happens to hope at the end of the evening, which were previously presented at Dublin Theatre Festival.

Suitable for ages 14+

The audience will each be given a book which they follow during the show. Don’t forget your reading glasses.

Written by Tim Crouch
Directed by Karl James and Andy Smith
Illustrator and Set Designer:
Rachana Jadhav
Lighting Designer: Karen Bryce
Sound Designer: Pippa Murphy
Artistic Associate: Adura Onashile
Casting Director: Laura Donnelly, CDG
BSL Performance Interpreter: Yvonne Strain
Eileen O'Reilly
Production Manager:
Siobhán Barbour
Stage Manager: Emma Skaer
Technical Manager:
Hana Allen
Sound Supervisor:
Neil Hobbs
Cast Includes:
Shyvonne Ahmmad, Tim Crouch, Susan Vidler

The Guardian
★ ★ ★ ★
What's On Stage
★ ★ ★ ★
The List
★ ★ ★ ★
The Wee Review
★ ★ ★ ★
Cunningly structured Edinburgh Festivals Mag
★ ★ ★ ★

Samuel Beckett Theatre


2–4 Oct, 7.30pm
5 Oct, 3.30pm & 7.30pm
6 Oct, 2.30pm & 6.30pm




75 mins. No interval.

Talking Theatre

3 Oct, post-show. With Tim Crouch and members of the company.